WordPress seems like a big thing lately or am I the only one who noticed?
In fact, I thought it was just a no-coding tool until I settled down to consult with experts in the field and was wrong from the start.
In a conversation with Chukwuemeka Orjiani M., Founder and CEO of iDot Creations Ent., he said, “WordPress might seem like a no-coding tool for beginners, but ultimately, if you don’t understand CSS, HTML, and PHP very well, you might find it difficult to use WordPress on a professional level.
Explaining further, Adeyinka Adenaike, a website and technology expert, said, “WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) publishing tool that can be used to develop different types of websites such as blog, magazine, e-commerce, corporate, forum and media websites social.
It started in 2002 as a blogging tool, but has grown over time and is open-source, which means you can use it to create any type of website for FREE.
Interesting WordPress Stats
- About every two minutes an additional 10 million sites start using WordPress. (W3Techs, 2021)
- Its use has increased by an average of 12% per year since 2011. (W3Techs, 2022)
- Wordfence blocked 18.5 billion password attack requests on WordPress websites in the first half of 2021. (Wordfence, 2021)
- About 90% of WordPress vulnerabilities are plugin vulnerabilities. 6% are thematic vulnerabilities and 4% are basic software vulnerabilities
- This tool powers 36.28% of the top 1 million websites. (Built with, 2022)
- It has been the fastest growing content management system for 12 consecutive years. (W3Techs, 2022)
I didn’t know there were different types of WordPress, but Adenaike enlightened me on this. WordPress.com and WordPress.org are the two types that exist.
WordPress.com is more of a hosting platform that powers your website and it’s limited, but WordPress.org is self-hosted software that lets you download, customize, and customize it.
Orjiani made it clear to us that generally WordPress can be used by anyone, professional and non-professional alike, to create beautiful websites in minutes, but it still requires vast knowledge of graphic design, imagery and some other skills to create the website.
Why do most publishers use this tool?
Did you know that WordPress is operated by the BBC, CNN, Microsoft, several banks and others? The tool powers about 43% of online websites and has a huge database of free and premium themes and plugins (extensions) to extend the functionality of any website.
This makes WordPress unique.
Adenaike claimed that this tool is user friendly – both backend, frontend and also developer friendly unlike other CMS platforms. “It is secure and also has security extension plugins to enhance security.
Orjiani agreed that: “It’s open-source, free to use, can be browsed and edited seamlessly, and offers plenty of themes to meet your design needs.
But he said it may have security issues, and also, lack of programming knowledge may make it very difficult for you to use some plugins and break code.
Besides publishing and building websites, what else can WordPress be used for?
Adenaike said this globally used innovation can be used as a headless interface for applications. “When using WordPress in its headless state, you are free to display your content whenever and wherever you want on any technology platform. An example of this in practice would be creating a blog in WordPress which will then be made available to your iOS and Android app to read.
On why WordPress is one of the most preferred no-coding tools, Adenaike points out:
- It has the largest database of free plugins and themes compared to other CMS
- It has knowledgeable documentation online
- It is open-source and there is room for contribution and a large number of online community
- It is flexible, dynamic and can be used to create any kind of website like membership website, e-commerce website, job and recruitment portal, education websites etc.
In conclusion, I couldn’t help but wonder; Would this tool still be a big thing and would it still be widely used as it is today in the next 10-20 years?
Adenaike’s answer was simple:Change is a constant thing. New technologies and coding languages keep coming out, but with the way WordPress continues to evolve with technology, I think they will still be widely used in 10-20 years.